What happened to our electricity system in the heat? Coal and gas plants failed | Nicky Ison

We still have time to avert the worst impacts of climate change, but heatwaves are now an inevitable part of Australia’s futureHeatwaves and blackouts have been the talk of the town as temperatures climbed over 40C in all states except Tasmania, and once again the commentariat have gone into a renewable-generated bluster. Chris Uhlmann and Alan Moran blamed the high prices on wind power, Pauline Hanson called for people to use more power and Judith Sloan called demand management a bribe.There were three notable things that happened with our energy system during what will become the new normal of extreme heat. Related: What would Australia look like powered by 100% renewable energy? | Nicky Ison Updated: pic.twitter.com/IclDc3fpai Related: Tony Abbott played us for fools on electricity prices. Will we be played again? | Nicky Ison Related: Coal power stations are old and dirty. Here are five ways to end Australia's energy war | Nicky Ison Nicky Ison is the founding director of the Community Power Agency and research associate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Continue reading...

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